Boca autumn kicks in with football, food & much much more!

The Big Sleep of Summer 2011 is officially over, as fall kicks in with a vengeance this weekend. I look at the calendar and see it filling up from Monday through Saturday week after week…so this weekend two of my favorite things happen: The Green Markets open, and stone crab season begins. The weather is already slowly shifting into soft winter breezy mode, the light has changed and pumpkin patches are appearing in vacant lots. Even bigger news is this is the first weekend FAU plays in its spanking new stadium—4 p.m. against Western Kentucky in a venue that has one gazillion  palm trees and a view of the ocean. This is big—very big—and  a whole new way to look at Saturdays in Boca Raton. We  are thrilled for Coach Schnellenberger, the players, FAU and the Boca Raton community. Get your tickets now and be part of this historic day.

And coming up? Tons:

• The Promenade events in downtown Boca next weekend will have everything from line dancing Friday night to a Saturday with a gourmet food truck expo, walking tours, a Family Zone, art expo—two nights and a day of community celebration as the Promenade opens. More to come on this.

•Two events in Delray we love next weekend: The “Soulful Tastings” to benefit the Spady Museum at Patio Delray 6:30 p.m. October 21 ($25 in advance, $35 at the door) as Chef Scott Thomas spins his version of southern foods like beef BBQ ribs, fried catfish nuggets, chicken and biscuit bites and more. The same weekend the Delray library will hold the “Food! Cuisine, Culture & Community Symposium” from 8:30 to 3:30 next Saturday October 22 featuring panel discussions, tastings, and cooking demonstrations ($25 per person) I will be moderating one of the panels and our fearless food critic, Bill Citara, will be on hand to opine on trends and just about anything else.

Whew! Time to wake up, poke your head out the front door, and get back in the game, We’ll see you out and about.